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Wednesday, 14th June 2006
The Saudi Prince And His Chequebook

Group H Match

Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia
München

Previous Encounters:
Since 1985, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia have both won (1:0) at home.

The Match:
Both captains wore number thirteen for Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, as Munich staged its second World Cup Finals match.

The only positive aspect from the first twenty minutes of this match, was that it could only get better.

In the twenty-third minute, a long free kick bounced off two Saudi players in the penalty area and fell for Tunisia's Zied Jaziri, to scissor kick into the goal.

Other than that, not really a first-half worth wasting too many words on.

Half-time: (1:0).

A Saudi prince waved his flag, as the teams came out for the second half, and looked extremely happy; probably because he wasn't going to be paying out any win bonuses.

Maybe the players saw his grin and wanted to wipe the smile off his face, by forcing him to get his chequebook out after the game.

Twelve minutes later, the Saudi Arabia team were bowing down and kissing the turf; after Yasser Al Kahtani had shaken off two Tunisian defenders, on a run to the near post, and slipped Mohammed Noor's right-wing cross past Ali Boumnijel.

Then five minutes from time, Sami Al Jaber (replacing goalscorer Yasser Al Kahtani) had only been on the pitch two minutes, when he ran into plenty of space on the left and fired acrossAli Boumnijel; to put Saudi Arabia in front.

With relief, the Saudi prince put his wallet back as Radhi Jaidi equalised for Tunisia, in injury-time.

From a drab, dismal, damp squib of a start by two World Cup lightweights we actually had football drama of heavyweight quality at the end.

Final Score:
Tunisia 2 - Saudi Arabia 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Zied Jaziri (23)
1:1 Yasser Al Kahtani (57)
1:2 Sami Al Jaber (85)
2:2 Radhi Jaidi (93)

Teams

Tunisia: (Captain Riadh Bouazizi/Hatem Trabelsi)
1 Ali Boumnijel; 3 Karim Haggui, 6 Hatem Trabelsi, 15 Radhi Jaidi, 18 David Jemmali; 12 Jaouhar Mnari, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 14 Adel Chedli, 20 Hamed Namouchi; 5 Zied Jaziri, 9 Yacine Chikhaoui.

Saudi Arabia: (Captain Hussein Sulimani)
21 Mabrouk Zaid; 2 Ahmed Dokhi, 3 Redha Tukar, 4 Hamad Al Montashari, 13 Hussein Sulimani; 6 Omar Al Ghamdi, 8 Mohammed Noor, 14 Saud Khariri, 16 Khaled Aziz, 18 Nawaf Al Temyat; 20 Yasser Al Kahtani.

Referee:
Mark Shield (Australia)

Substitutions Substitutions:
54 Mins (Tunisia) - 8 Mehdi Nafti on for 13 Riadh Bouazizi
66 Mins (Saudi Arabia) - 23 Malek Mouath on for 18 Nawaf Al Temyat
69 Mins (Tunisia) - 10 Kaies Ghodhbane on for 14 Adel Chedli
75 Mins (Saudi Arabia) - 7 Mohammed Ameen on for 8 Mohammed Noor
82 Mins (Saudi Arabia) - 9 Sami Al Jaber on for 20 Yasser Al Kahtani

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
35 Mins - Karim Haggui (Tunisia)
36 Mins - Riadh Bouazizi (Tunisia)
65 Mins - Adel Chedli (Tunisia)
79 Mins - Yacine Chikhaoui (Tunisia)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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